Horizon Europe imageHorizon Europe, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2017, will take on a mission-oriented, impact-focused approach to address global challenges. New research and innovation projects will then be built around these long-term missions, which will have clear research and innovation content, EU added value, and will contribute to reaching EU priorities and Horizon Europe programme objectives. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, they will be bold and inspirational, and have wide scientific, technological, societal, economic, and policy relevance and impact.

The five initial themes will be: i) Adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation, ii) Cancer, iii) Healthy oceans, seas, and coastal and inland waters, iv) Climate-neutral and smart cities, and v) Soil, health and food. These missions will be anchored in the “Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness” pillar, but may well reach out to the other pillars of Horizon Europe.

To complement the Mission Boards’ wide-ranging expertise, the Foresight on Demand (FoD) project will support their reflections by providing future-oriented inputs, visions and scenarios on challenges and options in the respective areas. Building on existing future-oriented work, the project will employ dedicated foresight methods to explore the long-term horizon in a systematic manner, involving experts and stakeholders as appropriate.

ISINNOVA will be the lead of the FoD project’s Soil, Health and Food team, run by Giovanna Giuffrè, with support from Andrea Ricci. We will also contribute to Climate change adaptation including societal transformation, with our expert, Andrea Ricci, and to Climate neutral and smart cities, with our expert, Mario Gualdi.

Work has already started on the project and the recommendations will be presented to the EC in the first quarter of 2020. Building on existing future-oriented work, dedicated foresight methods will be used to explore longer-term time horizons – possibly to the year 2050 in the case of Adaption to Climate Change – to provide future-oriented inputs on challenges and options in the respective areas.